Administration & Organization - ADMIN

Provides the guidance for the Library's services and role in the University. Supports the daily operations of the Library and its staff.

Fondren Library Food and Drink Policy

Fondren Library allows some food and drink into the building. Please refer to the guidelines below:

 
Food and Drink Policy 2016
 

2015 Rice English Graduate Symposium: Modalities 2015

This year’s theme is inspired by the different –alities that proliferate in humanities scholarship, many of which have become mainstays in the critical vocabularies associated with emerging schools of theory. The program for this two-day conference includes a keynote address from Dr. Marjorie Levinson and presentations from an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars.

http://english.rice.edu

Overview of Fondren's Services, Places and Equipment

Welcome to Fondren!

Our collection includes books, e-books, audiobooks, leisure books, journals, CDs, DVDs, streaming audio and video, sheet music, maps, digital data, manuscripts, government publications and patents.

 

ONLINE TOOLS

  • The Fondren Library website has a single search box that searches our catalog, journals, databases, online articles, archives, digital scholarship, and our handy research guides. library.rice.edu
  • The Rice University Digital Scholarship Archive contains online version of theses and dissertations, historical images, the student newspaper, manuscript collections, and rare and archival materials. scholarship.rice.edu
  • Off-Campus access to all online library content is available to Rice NetID holders only through the Rice EZproxy service. library.rice.edu/offcampus
  • The Rice Alumni Digital Library provides online access to a subset of the library’s online collections licensed for remote use by Rice alumni. alumni.rice.edu

 

RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING SUPPORT

 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

  • The Brown Fine Arts Library, on the third-floor, provides materials related to art, architecture, classical archeology, and music. library.rice.edu/brown-fine-arts-library
  • The Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center (BIC) (McNair Hall 270) is primarily for the support of the Graduate School of Business and provides materials such as current business journals, books, directories and corporate annual reports. library.rice.edu/bic
  • The Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services, in Fondren’s basement,  provides U.S. Government and Texas state documents patents and trademarks. library.rice.edu/gov
  • The GIS/Data Center (GDC) (Fondren B40) provides training and access to geographic information systems software and geospatial data sets. library.rice.edu/gdc
  • The Digital Media Commons (DMC) (Fondren B42) provides tools and training to support the creation and use of digital media, including audio, video, scanning and printing services. library.rice.edu/dmc
  • The Woodson Research Center (Fondren 160) contains Rice University’s archives and rare book and manuscript collections library.rice.edu/woodson

 

LIBRARY SPACES

 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Public computers and printers (first floor near Reference Desk) require a visitor access code to initiate a user session, which is limited to two hours. Access codes can be requested upon Non-Rice visitor sign-in at the East Entrance.
  • Rice Network computers and printers (first floor and second floor mezzanine) require a Rice NetID for access for students and staff.
  • Public photocopiers (basement through fourth floors)
  • Public scanning kiosks (first floor near Reference Desk, Woodson Research Center and Brown Fine Arts Library)
  • Public stereos and video viewing stations (first floor)
  • Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk for the public
  • Audio visual and digital equipment is available for checkout by faculty, staff and students at the Digital Media Commons (B42)
  • Wi-Fi is available to the public on the Rice Visitor network
  • ATM (first floor near the East Entrance)

 

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

  • Working with Rice’s Disability Support Services, Fondren Library provides accessible facilities, adaptive equipment and  material retrieval assistance to those with access needs. library.rice.edu/accessibility

 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES

 

VISITOR SERVICES

  • Fondren Library is open to anyone 18 year of age or older with a valid photo ID. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors should check in at the East Entrance. library.rice.edu/visitors

 

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Visitor parking is available with different rates and proximity to Fondren Library. The closest parking lot is the Central Campus Garage. Free shuttle service is available from distant parking lots. park-trans.rice.edu

Coming Soon - New Reading Room

Apologies for the inconvenience caused by our first floor renovations.

We are planning a beautiful new reading room with lots more places to study and relax.

We expect the project to be finished around November 23 due to manufacturing delays. A dedication is planned in early December.

Here's a drawing of the planned renovation.

First Floor Aerial

Here is a selection of finishes for the room.

Labor Day Weekend Holiday Hours

Upcoming Labor Day Weekend Hours - Other Holiday Hours

  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Labor
Day
          Sep 4
Close at
6pm
 
Sep 5
10am to
6pm
DMC Closed
  Sep 6
12pm to
6pm
DMC Closed
Sep 7
10am to
6pm
DMC Closed
Sep 8
Open at
7am
 
       

 

Please also check out our various departments' hours for the fall. 

 

Please note our new regular hours for the Fall 2015 semester.

Fall 2015 Rice ID Holders Hours Starting August 23, 2015

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT (new time)

Open at
12pm

24
hours
24
hours
24
hours
24
hours
Close at
10pm
9am to
6pm  

 

Fall 2015 Visitor Hours Starting Aug 23, 2015

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT (new time)
12pm to
8pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
9am to
6pm